January 3, 2007

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Here are brief course descriptions of several classes I currently teach. As you can see, I have a wide range of interests including environmental science education, the digital frontier, experiential education and outdoor leadership, and environmental technology. I've included some sample PDF files of basic course data, but extensive additional course materials can be found on-line at the related WebCT site for each course. Current courses are at the top although the syllabus, schedules, etc linked here are only SAMPLES. Current students should refer to each semester's syllabus for exact requirements, dates, etc.


The objective of this course is to introduce ENSP students to the theory and techniques of computer-aided communications. The fundamentals of this field will be addressed, demonstrated and applied. Central aspects of the course will include: an overview of computer utilization in environmental communications; digital photography; presentation graphics; advanced utilization of the web; and desktop publishing tools and techniques.. If you want to know more about my perspective on this field, read Environmental Education Goes High Tech or check out my lecture (as a Quicktime movie) on Interactive Multimedia: Problems and Promises, given at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in Fall 2002.

SAMPLE Course Syllabus

This course investigates the emerging principles of sustainable development of environmental quality, economic health, and social equity as reflected in dwellings, villages, towns, and cities around the world. We will examine how communities impact, monitor and improve basic environmental quality variables such as air and water quality, food supply, energy sources and uses. In addition, we will explore innovative efforts at sustainable design, land use, transportation, solid waste management, green buildings, economic development, ecological restoration, and more. Through readings, case studies, documentaries, and class activities, we will develop an understanding of how various communities strive to achieve the objectives of sustainable development through planning, design, public policy and education. We will also learn about common assessment frameworks, such as ecological footprints, that can serve as tools for assessing the impact of projects, programs and policies. Finally, we will take a ground level look at sustainability efforts at our campus and in our local community.

SAMPLE Course Syllabus
Course Schedule
SAMPLE Field Trip Logistics
This is a survey course designed to provide an introduction to the history and current scope of environmental education; state and national initiatives, contemporary frameworks for learning and teaching; self, site, and audience assessment; and program options for schools and education centers. It includes a required 2-day, overnight field trip.

yls_pics.jpgENSP 444 -- OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP, FALL (3) SAMPLE Course Outline
Check out this 3 minute video/slideshow overview of the outdoor leadership course.
The goal of this course is to respond to a growing market and to improve the quality of outdoor leadership. While primarily a survey course, it combines theory and practice to address both soft and hard skills of outdoor leadership. Central course topics include: safety and first aid, planning and leading trips, business models, and hard skills such as leading ropes courses, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, maps/compass/GPS, and rock climbing. Course fee and overnite field trip. Cr/NC

Link to SSU Adventure Programs

tours_children.gifENSP 442 -- METHODS AND MODELS, SPRING (3)
SAMPLE Course Syllabus and Assignments

This is an advanced course in environmental education to build upon the fundamental theory and techniques presented in the Fall course, ENSP 440. The focus is on exemplary programs, delivery techniques, tools, and technologies. Many class sessions are field trips to model local centers, schools and facilities. Cr/NC

SAMPLE Course Syllabus and Schedule
From escalating oil prices to regional nuclear power disputes to global climate change, the global connections between energy choices and human well-being have never been more apparent and critical. While projections for increasing energy consumption are often startling and sometimes bleak, emerging technologies and new ways of thinking about the role of energy in developed and developing countries offer hope for the future. This interdisciplinary course explores the pivotal role of energy supply, use, and technology in economic development, geopolitics, and environmental futures. We will draw upon insights from a variety of disciplines, including history, environmental science, ethics, physics, political science, and economics to investigate energy and technology issues.

This is a guest lecture and field trip course focusing on the latest issues and technologies surrounding sustainable energy (such as energy efficiency and renewable sources). The Forum varies each semester but always features a few alumni from our Energy Management and Design Program. Click on the following titles to view digital streaming video of two of my favorite Forum speakers.

Posted by rohwedde at 8:31 PM